Man Dead After Garbage Bin He Slept In Emptied In Trash Compactor

FORT WORTH, Texas (CBS/AP) — A 41-year-old man has died of injuries received when the garbage bin in which he was sleeping was emptied into a trash compactor in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Police, Fort Worth Fire and MedStar EMS were called to a business off Lancaster Avenue near Hughes Avenue on the city’s southeast side just after 6:30 a.m.

Police say the man apparently was seeking shelter from the cold early Wednesday morning when a garbage truck lifted the bin in which he was sleeping and emptied it into its compactor. Officer Sharron Neal says workers stopped the contractor when the man began to scream. He was in cardiac arrest when he was removed but revived. He died later while having surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Chad Adams and said he died of crush injuries to his pelvis.

The company that owns the trash truck, Progressive Waste Solutions, describes the accident as “unfortunate” and is investigating.

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